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Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

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Hey All,

A bit of confusion here, so I thought I'd weigh in. I'm not sure I entirely agree with the notion that the correct incarnation of this sentence is logically flawed, though it is always worth remembering that sentence correction questions don't have to feature a "perfect" example. First, let's talk through the grammar here in detail, then take on the meaning:

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
PROBLEM: The verb "was" makes it sound that the status of women is little changed from how it was changed in the last century. This is not the meaning we want.

(B) is a little change from how it was little change is incorrect
PROBLEM: The status of women is not "a little change".

(C) has changed little

(D) has changed little from how it has been
PROBLEM: Same problem as A. This makes it sound as if the status has changed little from how it has been changed in the last century.

(E) is little changed from the way it was
PROBLEM: Same as A and D. This makes it sound as if the status is little changed from the way it was changed in the last century.

I think that because three answer choices go the incorrect route, that comes to seem like the status quo. Actually, C is the clearest and most logical answer choice. The context given by the first phrase establishes that a woman has made a major political stride, this is then limited by the clause "the status of women has changed little in the last century", which to my mind is entirely clear.

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11 Feb 2009, 09:23
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Kindly explain.

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

"it" --ambigous . it can refer to status or election..

C is the best.
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11 Feb 2009, 10:50
I will go for D.

"little changed" in option A and E is awkward.
B is wrong for "a little change". It requires a verb form.
C mentions the change but does not clarify "from what".
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11 Feb 2009, 13:11
Hi mates,

IMO C

because in the sentence the words "recent election" and "last century" are used, the sentence is bringing the action from the past to the present. Therefore, present perfect must be used: A, B and E out.

Now between C and D, D is repetitive, so C

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11 Feb 2009, 23:24
Im confused b/w C and D.
C tells that status has changed little in the last century but does nt tell the status in the present century.
D removes this ambiguity by comparing the change with that in the last century. So will go with D.
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Kindly explain.

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was
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11 Feb 2009, 23:35
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IMO D.

C distorts the meaning.

...has changed little in the last century.

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11 Feb 2009, 23:39
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On the second thought, D has an error- has been in last century. It would have been correct if iyt used "had been" in the last century.
Hence C is the best choice.
(On exam day, I wnt have the time for second thought )
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12 Feb 2009, 09:31
C changes the meaning

Will go with D.
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Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was
Kindly explain.

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

C is the best answer... but in D, the word "how" explains the status... but when you are talking about status, don't you want the word "What" (Like "What is the status of women?) I found that to be a little awkward.. Hence thought C was clearer, concise
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12 Feb 2009, 17:25
Its C for me

Recently indicates the verb tense which is present perfect, so has needs to be used. Also "changed" and "the way it was" indicates the same meaning, so cant be used in the same sentence.
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12 Feb 2009, 22:18
OA is C. Thanks for discussion.
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28 Jun 2009, 03:20
I go with D, C sounds incomplete
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242. Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.
(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was
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04 Mar 2010, 05:15
I'll re-post the question because its not underlined and may be confusing:

Despite the recent election of a woman to the office of prime minister, the status of women in Pakistan is little changed from how it was in the last century.

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little
(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was

Several sources indicate that (C) should be the correct answer. Yet I want to discuss the meaning of the sentence: Shouldn't we compare the status of women at present to their status in last century? And if it's true, how can (C) be correct?

(C) only says that status has changed in last century, yet logical structure of the sentence is different

Ponder this: In first part of the sentence we deal with some recent development in Pakistan. In second part of the sentence we should somehow establish a connection between recent events and women's status in last century. Something like this -

Although woman has been elected recently, in general, the status of women is quite the same as it was in last century.

The problem is, there are no 100% winners among answer choices here - every answer has its own flaw, but (C) IMHO shouldn't be considered correct.
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04 Mar 2010, 11:52
what is the source of this question?

Even though I picked up C among the choices , I had the same questions playing on my mind as shalva mentioned in his post. If some one could clarify???
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Thanks for excellent explanation!
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04 Mar 2010, 14:45
using the verb "is" incorrect. 2/3...IMO C

(A) is little changed from how it was
(B) is a little change from how it was
(C) has changed little - "has" is the right verb(D) has changed little from how it has been
(E) is little changed from the way it was
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Hey amma4u,

Yes and no. There are plenty of ways "is" could've been used correctly in this sentence (for example "The state of women is not at all different from the state of women 500 years ago"), and even if you replaced all the "is" with "has", the correct answer would still be the correct answer.

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15 Apr 2010, 23:17
IMO C.
In C, it shows that the status has changed little. Has is correct here as the status have some ratings in the past but it is still the same.

Clues:
1. changed little is better than is little changed. Placing of the modifier adjective - little, is important here.
2. We are dealing with the status change not the way of change. So, the main culprit is HOW. If A is to be the correct choice then it should be:
is little changed from WHAT it was

I hope this helps.
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